Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day

Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day

by Ken Mogi

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Awakening Your Ikigai is really quite a delightful look at sometimes mystifying Japanese traditions.”The New York Times Book Review

Introducing IKIGAI: find your passions and live with joy

Ikigai is a Japanese phenomenon commonly understood as “your reason to get up in the morning.” Ikigai can be small moments: the morning air, a cup of coffee, a compliment. It can also be deep convictions: a fulfilling job, lasting friendships, balanced health. Whether big or small, your ikigai is the path to success and happiness in your own life.

Author Ken Mogi introduces five pillars of ikigai to help you make the most of each day and become your most authentic self:
1. starting small → focus on the details
2. releasing yourself → accept who you are
3. harmony and sustainability → rely on others
4. the joy of little things → appreciate sensory pleasure
5. being in the here and now → find your flow.

Weaving together insights from Japanese history, philosophy, and modern culture, plus stories from renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono, anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and others, Mogi skillfully shows the way to awaken your ikigai.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615194766
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 3,930
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ken Mogi is a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster based in Tokyo. He has published more than 30 papers on cognitive and neurosciences, and over 100 books in Japan covering popular science, essay, criticism, and self-help. His books have sold close to 1 million copies. This is his first book in English.

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader: The Five Pillars of ikigai vii

Chapter 1 What is ikigai? 1

Chapter 2 Your reason to get up in the morning 21

Chapter 3 Kodawari and the benefits of thinking small 39

Chapter 4 The sensory beauty of ikigai 65

Chapter 5 Flow and creativity 83

Chapter 6 Ikigai and sustainability 109

Chapter 7 Finding your purpose in life 131

Chapter 8 What doesn't kill you makes you stronger 157

Chapter 9 Ikigai and happiness 175

Chapter 10 Accept yourself for who you are 193

Conclusion: Find your own ikigai 205

About the Author 213

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Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi. A descriptive and instructional book of the Five Pillars of Ikigai. These five pillars involve starting small, releasing yourself, harmony and sustainability, the joy of small things and being in the here and now and can lead anyone into a more enjoyable, fulfilling life. The five pillars or principles of Ikigai remind us to begin at the beginning and don’t expect perfection immediately but continue to strive for perfection in all that we do. The principles also help us keep our focus on the joy of living in each and every day. Balance or harmony is also important and living each moment fully instead of rushing through our lives is a key to Ikigai. Peaceful and inspiring, Awakening Your Ikigai is easy to understand and follow to bring true and pure happiness into our lives. 4 stars. *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
SCostner More than 1 year ago
The five pillars of ikigai are: starting small, releasing yourself, harmony and sustainability, the joy of small things, and being in the here and now. Author Ken Mogi explores each of these pillars and uses general examples from Japanese culture, as well as specific individuals such as three-Michelin-star chef Jiro Ono to explain how each pillar influences one's life as it is embraced. The balance of using traits or habits of famous people, but also pointing out how the same characteristics are found in the population at large reassures the reader that anyone may embrace this approach to life - one doesn't have to be Walt Disney or another famous figure to have joy in small things or release oneself and experience flow in the pursuit of one's craft. A wonderful example of being immersed in the here and now is the Japanese tea ceremony, which also blends starting small (with details of setting the scene), the joy of small things (a cup of tea,) a sense of harmony, and the losing of oneself by those performing the ceremony. It often seems that several of the pillars work together in this way. As we start a new year and many people are thinking of changes to their routines or making resolutions, reading this book could give some helpful ideas. As the first principle points out, it is always best to start small. Reading through the descriptions and examples can offer ideas of various areas in life where the principles might be best applied. Finding something that promotes harmony and joy in small things might just motivate readers to start each day with joy, too. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was more about about Japanese culture than a self-help book. My takeaway of Ikigai was that it was some kind of hobby/interest that could be very small and could either lead or not lead to paid work. There were a lot of interesting factoids about Japanese culture. What I found most interesting was that most Japanese don't like there jobs(like most Americans right now). I found this very significant that it is coming from a culture that I think of as both having a very strong work ethic and sense of loyalty to the company. I think this growing dislike of paid employment will have a negative economic impact on both cultures. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.